[Owasp-board] WASPY Awards and Questionable Ethics

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Mon Oct 1 11:40:35 UTC 2012


Very well said. I agree our most excellent and competent directors should
make calls like like.

Kelly runs the WASPY program. Kelly, can you answer the question about when
candidates were added?

Thank you.

Jim Manico
(808) 652-3805

On Oct 1, 2012, at 7:33 AM, Eoin Keary <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:

To be honest we need to let the directors, Kate and Sarah make this call.
I did receive an email with a list of candidates to vote for, like everyone
I am assuming all individuals on the list were nominated by the community.
If not, what's the point of this award?
I am unsure why the board has any involvement in this. An award  based on
merit and contribution and its up the the community to pick the winner
based on individual votes.
We need to see if the later entries are a result of just being posted to
the wiki late or did the submission for nomination come in late. Can you
clarify this?


On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> Eoin,
> The final vote by the board has not happened yet. Perhaps we can turn this
> into a community vote and drop candidates who applied after the deadline
> for the sake of integrity.
> --
> Jim Manico
> (808) 652-3805
> On Oct 1, 2012, at 4:01 AM, Eoin <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:
> Jim, being a board member I certainly had no part in nominating the
> individuals on the short list.
> I actually only know what 3 of them actually did for OWASP.
> Was the nomination for the finalists Nat a community activity?
> Eoin Keary
> Owasp Global Board
> +353 87 977 2988
> On 1 Oct 2012, at 03:02, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
> Folks,
> The WASPY Awards (Web Application Security Person of the Year) is leaving
> me very concerned.
> After reading...
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/WASPY_Awards
> ...it looks like only the board will vote for the winners.
>     "The OWASP board will review the profiles of the chapter/project
> level winners and will then select 5 Global finalists."
> I also noticed that Tom Brennan nominated two candidates who are his
> co-workers (2 of the 13 candidates). Tom's company is also one of the
> sponsors of this award. And as a board member he helps vote on the winners.
> Both of these projects show Tom as the project leader.
>  *    Candidate:*Ryan Barnett
> *    Candidate Submitted By:*OWASP HTTP POST TOOL
> *    Accomplishments:*Ryan is a core developers on the OWASP CRS project
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_ModSecurity_Core_Rule_Set_Project
> *    Why this person was chosen?*When working on the HTTP POST TOOL we
> made it available ....
>  *    Candidate:* Charles Henderson
> *    Candidate Submitted By:* OWASP RFP Project
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_RFP-Criteria
> *    Accomplishments:* This OWASP effort has been adopted by numerous
> organizations worldwide to help them meet their contracting needs when
> procuring application security services.
> *    Why this person was chosen?*Project contributor
> So may I ask if OWASP board members who nominated candidates plan to
> recuse themselves from the voting? Or better yet, isn't it more appropriate
> allow the membership community to vote for the Web Application Security
> Person of the Year?
> Or Tom, did you plan to sponsor, nominate and elect the winner? I once
> again cry foul. *This is again why I am very concerned with you running
> for board when you make decisions like this with questionable ethics.*
> PS: Ryan Barnett and Chris Henderson are both stellar professionals and
> this is in no way reflective of their talent.
> Thank you,
> Jim Manico
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